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Apple gave the FBI access to the iCloud account of a protester accused of setting police cars on fire

  • Apple granted the FBI access to the iCloud account of a protester accused of setting police cars on fire in Seattle this summer, according to court documents.
  • Once it had access to the protester’s account, the FBI found screenshots of an Instagram post promoting the protest, a screenshot of a recipe for a Molotov cocktail, and videos of “a green glass bottle” in an unzipped backpack.
  • It’s routine for Apple to comply with court-issued search warrants, but the cooperation contrasts with Attorney General William Barr’s previous complaints that Apple has hindered investigations by refusing to help unlock suspects’ iPhones.
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As FBI officers were investigating a Seattle man suspected of setting police cars on fire, they turned to Apple for help.

In response, Apple granted access to the man’s iCloud account, giving the FBI access to screenshots, photos, and videos that are now central to their case against the suspect, court documents show.

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It’s routine for Apple to comply with court-issued search warrants by handing over suspects’ data to investigators. But the episode, detailed in court documents and previously reported by Forbes,

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